Leaders have agendas. We say people “have an agenda” like that’s suspect, but I’d much rather follow someone whose agenda I know than one whose I don’t. Everybody has an agenda. Not having an agenda is an agenda.
The skill for leaders is making our agenda plain, even for a single meeting. Participants should not be confused about what we’re trying to achieve. Troubleshoot Sunday’s worship service. Approve next month’s expenses. Assign responsibility. Stating our agenda clearly at the beginning invites participants to connect their agenda to it, to add items or strike them. Our agenda doesn’t have to carry the day, but someone’s should. Naming ours up front makes that far more likely.